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Libriomancer (Magic Ex Libris #1)by Jim C. Hines
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Isaac Vainio is a Libriomancer, a member of the secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape. To his horror he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users as well, and Gutenberg has been kidnapped.
With the help of a motorcycle-riding dryad who packs a pair of oak cudgels, Isaac finds himself hunting the unknown dark power that has been manipulating humans and vampires alike. And his search will uncover dangerous secrets about Libriomancy, Gutenberg, and the history of magic. . . .
"This funny and fast-paced series opener, Hines's first hardcover for DAW, will be sure to surprise and entertain urban fantasy fans. Isaac Vainio is a Libromancer, a rare kind of magic user who can make objects from the pages of books manifest in reality. After leaving the magic field for mundane work at the Copper River Library, he's sorely out of practice, but a sudden attack by Meyerii vampires forces him to brush up on his magical talents. The vampires are targeting members of Die Zwelf Portenaere, or the Porters, declaring war because of perceived assaults on their kind. Isaac, accompanied by dryad Lena Greenwood and pet fire-spider Smudge (familiar from Hines's Jig the Goblin books), sets off to put a stop to the attacks and find Johannes Gutenberg, founder of the Porters, who has recently disappeared. The book is amusing and action-packed from page one; Isaac is sure to be an instant fan favorite, and the secondary characters are vivid and multidimensional." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"This may be Jim Hines’s best work. Libriomancer is smart, silly, and deadly serious, all at the same time. It’s a book about loving books. This is the magic librarian and ass-kicking dryad adventure story we’ve all been waiting for." Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author of Discount Armageddon
"All writers believe in the magic of books; Jim Hines has created a system where that magic becomes real, usable, and very definitely not always safe." Tanya Huff, bestselling author of the Blood Books
"Secret organizations, supernatural threats, and an unknown killer of unimaginable power — Libriomancer is one of the best reads I’ve had in a long time. It’s a lightning-fast race against time and magic to prevent the darkest secrets from history from unleashing a supernatural war on the world. I can’t wait for the next one. Oh, by the way, never piss off a fire spider." Lisa Shearin, national bestselling author of All Spell Breaks Loose
“I picked up the book meaning to read a few pages. My first thought was, ‘This is a cool concept.’ The second thing I thought was, ‘This is really, really clever.’ The third thing I thought was, ‘I should have gone to sleep three hours ago.’” Patrick Rothfuss, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind
"Pretty much geek porn for the urban fantasy set. It’s meta-fictional and utterly awesome." Tor.com
“This funny and fast-paced series opener...will be sure to surprise and entertain urban fantasy fans....Isaac is sure to be an instant fan favorite, and the secondary characters are vivid and multidimensional.” Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Jim C. Hines is the author of the Jig the Dragonslayer trilogy and the Princess novels. His newest novel, Libriomancer, begins the Magic Ex Libris series, and the sequel, Codex Born, will be published in 2013. Jim's short stories have appeared in more than forty magazines and anthologies. He has a Masters in English from Eastern Michigan University, and he lives in Michigan with his wife and children, who have always shown remarkable tolerance for his bizarre and obsessive writing habits.
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